Area: 56,438 sq km
Crescent-shaped country between the Danube River and Adriatic Sea. The land is almost bisected by Bosnia.
Population: 4,409,659 Annual Growth: -0.15%
Official language: Croatian – closely related to Serbian but written in Latin rather than Cyrillic script Languages: 22 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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The profound impact of historic and recent hatred among Croat, Serb and Bosnian could continue to hamper the affected nations for generations to come. The iron bond shackling ethnicity to religion also hampers progress and stifles spiritual breakthrough. Many suffer continued psychological and emotional trauma as a result of the upheavals, and little has been done to address this. It is an area where churches might have a great impact. Pray for true reconciliation and for the religious and ethnic bondages to be broken these can only happen through the power of Christ.
The Catholic Church is highly influential in Croatia. About 15% of Catholics regularly attend mass a high proportion for Europe. Some Catholic leaders are at the forefront of the reconciliation movement and some cooperate with evangelicals. There is a small but active charismatic movement within the Catholic Church, but a significant shortage of young men joining the priesthood. Pray that all Croatians would move beyond empty rituals to a living relationship with Jesus.
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